Narrative Eye have hosted Google Hangouts with authors and historians across the world to explore the many aspects of African history.

Watch the live broadcasts of our Hangouts on our YouTube channel Narrative Eye.

Our guests have included:

Historian and author Onyeka

Art historian and curator Dr. Adrienne Childs

Journalist and author S.I. Martin


Sunday 3rd August  7pm-8pm (GMT)

with Onyeka and S.I. Martin

To watch this Hangout visit our YouTube Channel

Join historians Onyeka and S.I. Martin as they discuss the issues historians face in researching people of African descent in history.

S. I. Martin was born in Bedford and has worked as a journalist for The Voice and Bulletin. He is the author of a novel, Incomparable World (1996), which tells the story of three black exiles living in 18th-century London; and a non-fiction title, Britain's Slave Trade (1999), published to accompany a television series screened on Channel 4.

S. I. Martin lives in South London where he works as a researcher and writer of Black history. In 2007 his children's novel, Jupiter Williams, was published. It tells the tale of a boy who lives in the African Academy in Clapham, London, in 1800. His latest book is Jupiter Amidships (2009).


Sunday 20th July  7pm-8pm (GMT)

with Onyeka and Dr. Adrienne Childs

To watch this Hangout visit our YouTube Channel

Onyeka is a writer, law lecturer and historian. His books document the lives and history of the African experience in Britain. His work explores issues about cultural identity, resistance to oppression and the will to succeed. Onyeka latest book is Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origin.  

Adrienne L. Childs is an independent scholar, art historian and curator and an associate of the W.E.B Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her interests are in the relationship between race and representation in European and American art. She recently contributed an essay to Volume V of The Image of the Black in Western Art. She is co-editor of Blacks and Blackness in European Art of the Long Nineteenth Century, Ashgate, November 2014. She is a member of the curatorial team for the exhibit Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue featuring works from the Bill and Camille Cosby Collection at the National Museum of African Art, fall, 2014. She is also co-curating the exhibition The Black Figure in the European Imaginary. Her next book project is exploration of blacks in European decorative arts entitled Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts.